Are you tired of your current job and want a change? Or, have you always wanted to help those less fortunate? If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, a job in the National Health Service is a good choice. Not only do you get to help people, but you also get to work for one of the biggest and most secure institutions in the UK. Oh, and the pay’s not bad, either. Take a look at the different jobs and pay bandings on the NHS.
Band 1 – Nursery Assistant
The potential jobs in this band range from a domestic support worker (cleaner) to a driver. For those of you that want to make a difference, a nursery assistant is the best option. As a nursery assistant, you’ll work under a qualified nurse looking after young patients to make sure they’re safe and happy. It is also important to make sure communicate with patients and create a child-friendly environment. The annual pay for band one is between £15,251 and £15,516.
Band 2 – Healthcare Assistant
The difference between a nursery assistant and a healthcare assistant is the patients. Instead of working with children, a healthcare assistant works with a variety of people regardless of their age. Still working with a qualified healthcare professional, you could work in any environment from a GP’s surgery to a hospital. The work varies but includes making beds, washing and dressing patients, and monitoring patients’ vitals. Pay from £15,251 to £17,978
Band 3 – Emergency Care Assistant
Band 3 is a favourite of a lot of NHS workers because of the variety of work. As an emergency care assistant, for example, you will work with ambulance services responding to emergency calls. The care you have to provide can range from controlling bleeding to resuscitating patients. If mental health is your area, a support time and recovery worker support people with mental health and learning difficulties. Or, you might prefer to work as an occupational therapy assistant, nursing patients with injuries back to full health. The pay ranges from £16,800 for a point six and steadily increases until point 12 where it peaks at £19,655.
Band 4 – Theatre Support Worker
Do you like the sight of blood? If you don’t, a theatre support worker isn’t for you! Because you will work in the theatre, you will work closely with doctors performing surgery on patients, so you’ll be close to the action. The specific requirements are to prep the patient for anaesthetic, move patients to the operating theatre, and prep the instruments for the surgery. You will also be expected to the clean the area after the surgery is over. A fully trained theatre support worker can earn up to £22,458.
Band 5 – Adult Nurse
If you really want to make a difference, an adult nurse position is the best place to start. Nurses have to formulate a nursing care plan for their patients, administer said plan, and deliver compassionate and quality care for the duration of the patient’s stay. In addition, you will be expected to communicate very effectively and work as part as a close knit team. And, you’ll be expected to do it alone. Band 5 Adult Nurses need a diploma or degree in nursing as a formal qualification, but organisation, analytical and IT skills are a must. For the extra work, band 5 pays between £22,000 and £28,500 a year.
Band 6 – Health Visitor
Working in a hospital or surgery for 50 hours a week can get a bit much, so getting out is always a plus. Not many jobs offer this luxury, but a health visitor post does. As the name suggests, the post is for qualified nurses who can visit the wider community and provide health care and advice. Mainly, though, you will work with parents and young children to give them the best start in life. To do this, you need a specialist community public health qualification, as well as the ability to analyse parenting skills and analyse the needs of young children. Pay: £26,302 – £35,225
Band 7 – Operating Department Practitioner
In many ways, this is a similar role to a theatre support worker but with additional responsibilities. As well as prepping a patient for surgery during the anaesthetic stage, you also liaise with them during the surgery and recovery stages. During the surgery stage, an ODP has to prepare equipment, provide equipment, and anticipate the needs of the surgical team. After the surgery, it is important to provide appropriate care to help them recover, and finally, discharge them when they are ready. To apply for a job, you will need a degree in ODP or a two-year diploma. Employers also need personal skills such as compassion, organisational skills, and the problem-solving skills. Pay: £31,383 – £41,373.
Band 8 has a lot of sub-sections, but only the modern matron and chief nurse apply to nursing. In simple terms, they are the heads of the nursing teams as they oversee all care and nurses. As a modern matron, you can still expect to undertake work like any other adult nurse, but you’ll also need good management skills. On top of providing care, you also have to look after an entire team of staff, monitor their care, and report back to boss. It’s a demanding and time-consuming job, and that’s why the pay is between £40,000 and £83,000.
Band 9 – Podiatric Consultant
If you want to climb to the top of the ladder, you will have to specialise to continue providing care. One of the best paying examples is a podiatric consultant head of service. With a potential wage of £99,437, you will perform surgery on people’s feet and legs that are almost beyond care. In fact, surgery such as amputation is very common, especially on the NHS. It takes a strong-willed and skilled person to undertake this role.
Now you know more about jobs on the NHS, are you interested?